Doha: H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of Qatar Olympic Committee on Monday put to rest all speculations with regards to Qatar’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
Addressing media persons on the occasion of the Inauguration of Qatar Olympic committee stadiums for achieving GSAS 4 Stars at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall, Sheikh Saoud said that hosting the Olympic Games is just a ‘small’ part of the Gulf nation’s massive future sports development plan.
“On January 15, the International Olympic Committee had sent a circular to all NOCs asking the members to decide for the Olympic bidding by September. So there is still time and everybody will know about our interest for the 2024 Olympics,” he said.
Speaking about Qatar’s sustained efforts in living up to its reputation of being the ‘Sports Destination’ of the world, he said, “Qatar had showed interest for the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. The commitment that Qatar had for the world championships in the past will continue in future as well.”
“In the last few years, we have hosted several world championships. Many more are lined up now. The World Boxing Championship will be held later this year. Then we have the World Road Cycling Race Championship. This will be followed by the World Athletics Championships in 2019.
“It is not a matter of Qatar wanting to bid for the Olympics or not. But it is a time when Qatar has to decide when to go for it. No decision has been made about the 2024 Olympic bidding as yet,” he added.
Earlier, Sheikh Saoud lauded Qatar’s fine run at the on-going Qatar 2015, 24th Men’s Handball World Championship, and even talked about the high-end technological breakthroughs achieved by the engineers and architects of Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Arena and Lusail Sports Arena.
The two have been awarded the prestigious 4 GSAS stars for employing eco-friendly construction and sustainability techniques.